The 2013 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size SUV offered in Base, Luxury, Premium and the Platinum Edition trim levels. Seven-passenger seating is standard, with an option to add a bench in the second row for up to eight passengers. The 2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, the extended-length ESV and EXT-style pickup are reviewed separately. The basis Escalade comes standard with 18-inch wheels, adaptive self-leveling suspension and a locking rear differential, tow package, rear parking sensors, power liftgate, automatic xenon headlamps, fog lamps and mirrors heated, power-folding and dimming driver.
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade Interior features include remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, tilt steering wheel only power, power adjustable pedals, heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, memory functions, conductor second-row captain seats heating, leather upholstery and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Additional features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, OnStar, a navigation system, touch screen interface and 10 speaker Bose audio system with surround sound CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input, an audio interface iPod / USB and rear audio controls.
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade luxury adds 22-inch wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, automatic headlights, a warning system of blind spot, a sunroof, flip-and-fold second-row power seats and a heated steering wheel. Options include power retractable running boards and an entertainment system for rear seat with a single screen.
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade Premium adds the options above plus components style body color instead of chrome twin tailpipes and painted wheels. The 2013 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition receives a unique grille and wheels, LED headlights, leather upholstery improved, extended leather interior, upgraded interior trim, heated and cup-holders and an entertainment system for different rear seat headrest screens mounted twin cools.
2013 Cadillac Escalade Interior
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade cabin, highlighted by the flexible and attractive upholstery leather and woodgrain trim alloy, looks and feels more luxurious than a Tahoe or Yukon inside. Gauges and controls are well placed and intuitive operation, and there are plenty of luxury features to keep driver and passengers comfortable and entertained.
In 2013 Cadillac Escalade standard configuration for seven passengers, the big Caddy has the second-row captain’s chairs and a third-row seat three people. Add the bench in the second row available raises total capacity of eight. The seats in the third row 50/50-split not offer much legroom, however, and the average passenger should sit above the gap between the seats. The third row seats also not fully fold into the floor as in most SUVs. Instead, the owners need to transport bulky items are forced to fold up and down the whole assembly forward – it consumes precious cargo space – or completely remove heavy seats. Removing the seats in the third row produces a cavernous 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats in the second row. Fold the seats in the second row down and cargo capacity grows to an impressive 108.9 cubic feet.
2013 Cadillac Escalade Engine
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. The rear wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but all-wheel is optional. In performance testing, an all-wheel drive Escalade took only 7.5 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, an impressive number for this vehicle size. Properly equipped, two-wheel drive versions can tow a healthy 8,300 pounds. Fuel economy, as you can imagine, is quite depressing. The EPA estimated 14 mpg city / 18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined with rear wheel drive and 13/18/15 mpg with AWD.
2013 Cadillac Escalade Safety
Standard safety features on the 2013 Cadillac Escalade include the stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, air bags, front side-impact, full-length side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, rearview camera and OnStar telematics emergency. A warning system blind spot is standard on all but the base model.
In brake testing, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade was stopped from 60 mph in 144 feet, disappointing, even for a full-size SUV luxury. In government crash tests, the Escalade scored a rating of four out of five stars. 2013 Cadillac Escalade won five stars for overall frontal and side impact protection, but only three stars for tipping.